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Irish Soda Bread

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This simple and delicious Irish soda bread has just four ingredients and is so quick and easy to make.  You don’t need any yeast for this recipe, so there’s no waiting around!

Looking for more easy bread recipes? Here are a few of our favorites – Cheddar and Chive Biscuits, Homemade Whole Wheat Bread, and Quick Artisan Bread.

a loaf of traditional Irish soda bread

A Traditional Recipe

Does your family celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? It’s actually one of my family’s favorite holidays to celebrate! We always make a fun Irish-themed meal, dress all in green, and just have a great time together! One of our favorite meals to make for St. Patrick’s Day is a classic beef stew, with some warm Irish soda bread on the side.

This traditional soda bread recipe is too good to use for just St. Patrick’s Day! It’s simple and quick to make and goes wonderfully with any soup or stew. Since it doesn’t use any yeast, the dough comes together in just a few minutes, and then it bakes up into a loaf of delicious crusty bread!

Why Is It Called Soda Bread – It gets its name because it’s the baking soda that gets the bread to rise instead of traditional yeast.  When the baking soda combines with the lactic acid in the buttermilk it produces carbon dioxide which becomes the leavening agent in this recipe.  Enough about boring chemistry, let me show you how to make this easy recipe.

How to Make Irish Soda Bread

Dry Ingredients First – I love that this Irish soda bread has just four simple ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda, and buttermilk. Just mix the dry ingredients together, then add the buttermilk and mix to form a thick dough.

buttermilk being poured into a bowl of flour

It Kneads It – I find it easiest to finish kneading the dough with my hands to help it all come together into a ball. You don’t want to over-mix the dough, but you will want to incorporate all of the flour.

a ball of dough in a bowl

Form It – Pat the dough out into a circle, then make two cuts on the top of the dough to form an x. The cuts will help steam escape while the bread is baking.

bread dough with a cross cut into it

Bake It – Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes at 450 degrees F.  Remove the loaf from the oven when it’s golden brown and crusty, and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

Texture Tip – If you’d like the crust a little softer, you can cover it with a tea towel while it cools to soften it up. I love it nice and crusty, though!

a baked loaf of Irish soda bread

Serve It – This Irish soda bread is delicious dipped in soup or stew, or by itself with a little butter and jam on top. It’s one of my favorite quick loaves of bread to make, and I love that it’s easy enough to make for a weeknight meal. It is so yummy!

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a loaf of traditional Irish soda bread
5 from 4 votes

Irish Soda Bread

This simple and delicious Irish soda bread has just four ingredients and is so quick and easy to make, with no yeast necessary!

Course Bread
Cuisine Irish
Keyword 30 minutes or less, bread, St. patrick's day
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 255 kcal


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk


  1. Preheat the oven to 450.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the buttermilk. Mix gently until the dough just starts to come together. Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and gently knead to form a ball.
  3. Place the ball of dough on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet and pat into a circle that is two inches thick. Cut an X in the top of the loaf.
  4. Bake 15 minutes at 450, then reduce the heat to 400 and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes, until the loaf is deep golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from oven and let cool on a cooling rack before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Irish Soda Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 476mg21%
Potassium 128mg4%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 74IU1%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

a loaf of easy Irish soda bread

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